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Summary

Known for the wit of her writing, in her lifetime Catherine Cookson became the UK's most widely read novelist. When the Cookson Estate discovered the unpublished manuscript of Saint Christopher and the Gravedigger in the attic of her home, they unearthed a gem for Cookson's many fans.

Gravedigger John Gascoigne lives in Downfell Hurst with his wife, Florrie, their three children and his mother, Gran. John is a deep thinker but extremely taciturn - a man of few words and many grunts. Which is why everyone is alarmed when he's hit on the head by a cricket ball, and it suddenly seems as if the words won't stop. What's more, he says he is talking to Saint Christopher - only no one else can see the saint, and they're beginning to worry John's not quite right in the head...

Mad or not, John has some secrets he's been keeping. But if he can't stop talking, they won't stay secret for long.

©2017 The Trustees of the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Saint Christopher and the gravedigger.

Brilliant she has never disappointed.. There is always a twist in the telling. Well worth a read. Well read

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  • Suz
  • Stockton on Tees, United Kingdom
  • 15-08-17

Not the best

Can't believe this is a Catherine Cookson book it's not up to her normal standard. Also it was lovely reading of the book but would have been nice to have someone with a geordie accent since some of the translations was completely wrong.

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Great

This was fantastic couldn't stop listening it was enthralling funny and entertaining brilliant read highly recommend

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different

it was not Catherine Cookson usual style. didn't enjoy it as much as her other books. but was still enjoyable

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Saint Christopher and the Gravedigger

Fantastic book not your usual story line but great listening a very different Catherine Cookson






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Saint Christopher and the granddaughter

Very disappointing. Been a fan for years but this is far from standard I came to expect from this great lady

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  • Constance Jenkins
  • 05-02-18

a fun enough read

I am not sure how to categorize this one. I would call it a farce, I guess. It wasn't profound. It wasn't wickedly funny. It was just a mildly humorous afternoon's read/listen. I got it through Amazon Unlimited. I am not sure I would spend a credit on it.

I wasn't a big fan of the ending. I suppose it worked well enough for a fantastical farce, but it was too neat and contrived for me.

The narrator did a good job.

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  • Mormick
  • 31-07-17

Loved it

I loved this book - every page I looked forward to reading the next!!
There could be a sequel?